WE THINK THIS one has ‘Oscar’ written all over it, so get in at the ground floor and go see it this week. Then you can have all the hipster bragging rights: “I saw it way before it was popular”, etc. etc. Green Book tells the charming tale of rough-around-the-edges Italian-american bodyguard, Tony (Viggo Mortensen), who is employed by Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Africanamerican pianist, to escort him around a concert tour in the Deep South. Oh, by the way, it’s 1962, which is why such an endeavour calls for a bouncer. So begins a road trip where, slowly, the hard man – perhaps not the most open-minded of characters – begins to appreciate the doctor’s elegance and love of reason, while witnessing first-hand and eventually being appalled by the hatred to which Shirley is subjected simply by virtue of the colour of his skin.
Rotten tomatoes gives it 82% trivia: Linda Cardellini also stars as tony’s wife